It's unusual to see two of the most popular hunky actors from rival networks in one project. But Dingdong Dantes and Piolo Pascual made it happen today, September 18, at the launching of Pond's Pinkish White Dream Date at the Ruby Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Galleria Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Since this was a rare chance to work with other celebrities who are very much identified with the other network, Dingdong said, "Sa akin, it's really a privilege."
The Dyesebel actor also added, "The fact na magiging posibleng magkasama nga ang gaya namin na Kapamilya at saka Kapuso, much more na it's Piolo who I really idolize."
With this statement, Dingdong was asked in a separate interview if he is open to the idea of working with Piolo in a movie project. "That would be a very nice idea!" he exclaimed.
Dingdong said that it would be okay if their respective film companies—Star Cinema for Piolo and GMA Films for Dingdong—would be able to bring celebrities from their stable together in one project again, just like what happened in For the First Time and another planned movie for Kapuso Richard Gutierrez and Kapamilya KC Concepcion.
He reiterated, "Maganda kapag nagawa ulit ng mga Kapuso at Kapamilya na magsama kahit sa ibang bagay. At least nakikita na puwedeng posible siya and it's good for both industry."
What kind of role would he want to portray if this "dream" materializes?
"Ako, kahit ano, e," answered Dingdong. "Siguro kung mayroon mang ganoon, I'd like to veer away from what they see on TV. Siguro 'yong kakaibang ako, siguro mas challenging para sa akin na hindi masyadong mabait siguro."
ENDING OF DYESEBEL.Right now, Dingdong is still busy taping for Dyesebel, which will end in October. When asked about this, Dingdong could not hide his feelings. "Nalulungkot ako dahil malapit nang matapos ang Dyesebel," he said.
But what can he say about Codename: Asero topping Dyesebel for one night in the ratings game?
Dingdong frankly answered, "Alam niyo, ratings really, hindi isyu sa akin 'yon, e. Although I get the ratings everyday, pero... To some, maaaring basis 'yon for success, pero sa akin, it's how I enjoy my job.
"At the end of the day, it's how people approach me and they like the show. Kahit na sabihin mong tatlong tao lang 'yon, pero 'yong impact namin sa kanila ay kakaiba, it's all that matters. It's more significant than the numbers din."
MOVIE WITH MARIAN RIVERA. The 28-year-old actor said that he has no idea yet about his next television project, but "I'm looking forward to the movie that we're [he and Marian Rivera] gonna do."
The said movie, according to Dingdong, will be shown this year. So is it true that it will be competing with Piolo's movie with Angel Locsin?
"'Yon nga daw, hindi ko alam, pero oo nga daw," Dingdong answered. "Definitely naman siguradong hindi magsasabay. Basta ako, gusto ko talaga, to support the movie industry, maganda nga na may producers to produce our film. Kung sakali man maging parehong buwan 'yan, I will support the movie also. Sana suportahan ng lahat."
"JOLOGS." "I hate the word jologs. "This was the initial reaction of Dingdong Dantes when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) told him how people tag his onscreen partner Marian Rivera.
In an article published in PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Tuesday, September 16, Marian accepted the opinion of people who thought that she acted like a "jologs" during their birthday concert at the Araneta Coliseum last month.
Instead of being annoyed, she told PEP: "Yun ang maganda, e. Kasi si Dingdong, sosyal! Tapos ako, jologs! At aminado ako riyan na jologs ako. Aminado ako na kung malakas man ang boses ko, kung prangka man ako, doon ako minahal ng tao. Kaya ako minahal ng fans ko dahil sa pagiging totoo ko sa sarili ko at wala akong itinago sa kanila."If Marian took it lightly, Dingdong is serious in defending his leading lady. "It's very politically incorrect, di ba?" he said. "Whatever, pero I don't believe in that, e. I just believe she is herself, she enjoys life, and kung sino man siya, I respect her. I don't see anyone as jologs... I mean, jologs, the terms jologs kasi doesn't exist for me."